NALAG CELEBRATES THE FIFTH AFRICA DAY OF DECENTRALISATION AND LOCAL DEVELOPMENT



  On the 10th day of August 2016, the National Association of Local Authorities of Ghana (NALAG) in collaboration with the United Cities and Local Government of Africa (UCLG-A) and Commonwealth Local Government Forum (CLGF) celebrated the fifth Africa Day on Decentralisation and Local Development at the NALAG House.

The event was marked with a media briefing and interaction session with key Media Houses in the wake to sensitize and awaken the celebration which has been an AU event for the past five years.

This occasion is to commemorate the African Day on Decentralisation and Local Development (ADDLD). The ADDLD was adopted by the Africa Union (AU) at the January 2012 Summit of Heads of State and Government following a recommendation made by All the Africa Ministerial Conference on Decentralisation and Local Development (AMCOD) at its second ordinary session held in Maputo, Mozambique, from 8 to 10 August 2010.

Each year on that date, the Governments of Member States are given the opportunity to educate citizens about their decentralized and local development program and, in more general terms, to educate the population about the notion of local governance and its importance.

The President of NALAG, Hon. Isaac Ashai Odamtten in his speech to commemorate the day, commended the Decentralisation process in the country indicating that the process has evolved from an administrative structure from a central point to a conduit of social economic development and wealth creation through the creation of Local Authorities.

He however did not fail to comment on the challenges which the process is faced with, adding that Local Authorities continue to grapple with dwindling resources amidst increasing demands, limited and inhibiting policies, laws and regulations to fully exercise their powers.

Touching on the theme for the celebration which is “Gender equity and women empowerment, key for achieving Africa’s Agenda 2063 and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)”, he threw light on some programmes and activities which NALAG has been engaging the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs). According to him, the theme comes in appropriately considering the efforts the Central Government is making towards ensuring Gender Equity within the Decentralisation and Development of the nation towards the achievement of the SDGs and the Agenda 2063.

He further added that NALAG is presently discussing with the National Government for the signing and ratification of the African Charter on Values and Principles of Decentralisation which is aimed at promoting, protecting, strengthening and consolidating decentralisation, local governance and local development in Africa.

The day was honoured by representation from United Cities and Local Governments of Africa, Commonwealth Local Government Forum, Members of the National Executive Committee of NALAG, Senior and General Staff of the Secretariat as well as the friends from the media.

The celebration according to the President of NALAG will be furthered into the subsequent years with many events.

Click this link to download the speech by the NALAG President

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